Madonna w/ Avicii Yankee Stadium Thursday, September 6 Better than: The VMAs. If ever you need a concise summary of Madonna's year, the billing for her New York dates will do nicely. There's Madonna, her name in no way styled to resemble that of a party drug. And there's Avicii, a Swedish stadium- ... More >>
Keith Morris, a few years shy of 60, remains typically snotty as hell, with trademark grimy dreads hanging from a head splotched with bald spots. But he also happens to be one happy camper. The iconoclastic ex-Black Flag bawlerwhose bratty freak-puke was on SST Records' initial release (the N ... More >>
Baccara is not a brand of unfinished crystal. It was a Spanish female pop/disco duo who looked like Little Nell meets Pinky Tuscadero, and whose sound came off like half of ABBA--or maybe like all of Pink Lady--but with a lot more teeth and legs. They're dressed here in skimpy pink beaded usherett ... More >>
Portland, Oregon, trio Gossipsinger Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan Howdeshell, and drummer Hannah Blilieare celebrating the release of their fifth album, the remarkably bangin' A Joyful Noise, tonight at Terminal 5. We wrangled some time with the magnificent Ms. Ditto to talk about the o ... More >>
The fifth single from Lady Gaga's Born This Way is "Marry The Night," an ode to the time of day that's seized the imaginations of countless pop starsit's got darkness, mystery, cooler temperatures, more opportunties for steam-borne drama, and so forth. Gaga has proven herself to be a m ... More >>
Giving indie-rock fans a chance to sing along with their favorites
Barracuda is the long-running gay lounge, complete with drag entertainment, which has helped keep Chelsea from being yesterday's gay bastion of boozey brassiness. But when I dropped by the place recently--to the delight of millions--I remember thinking, "They could use a little bit of a re ... More >>
I hear Lady Gaga's in the house tonight for the Cinco de Mayo installment of the results show, and hopefully singing a Frank Sinatra song. Or duetting with Harry Connick, Jr. That would be awwwwesome. 9:03pm. Group sing: the four boys sing "The Lady is a Tramp" and does that make Crystal Bowersox ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Long Island occult-pop five-piece Twin Sister have all the colorful makings of being the next weirdo art-swirl cult smash--that cold-yet-comforting croon, those wet washes of creepy reverb and drone ... More >>
Yeah, some wacky and/or poignant stuff happened at last night's Rock Hall induction, but rest assured that this moment, captured by the NYT's Dave Itzkoff, was the highlight. "Roll over Woodstock, we won," Iggy declared, upon the Stooges' official acceptance, alongside ABBA, the Hollies, Jimm ... More >>
This is exactly what it'll be like. Iggy Pop on live television: Always a treat. The Stooges join Genesis, the Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, and ABBA, who're triggering the usual that's-not-rock hoo-hah; our own Jason Gross grapples with the Rock Hall's legacy/future/point here. Lotta love for Chicago out ... More >>
The Stooges, who patiently rocked behind Iggy while beer bottles flew at the Michigan Theater in the late 60s and early 70s, have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rendering the honor bittersweet is guitarist Ron Asheton's death earlier this year, and music in general. Also ... More >>
Pink air! Origami irony! Writers on the albums (and songs) that shaped them.
If rightbloggers have a theme song, it must be ABBA's "Waterloo": And how could I ever refuse/I feel like I win when I lose. Their obsessive rapid response to Obama-related events has only one purpose: to declare a big win for their side, no matter what happens and even if it renders their earlier s ... More >>
New restaurants in the city's most remote neighborhood
Stay away from clowns! Just continue to be ones yourselves. (And other Dear ABBA suggestions.)
Next year in Orlando! Nailing Florida's born-again theme park. Back here, the usual unholier- than-thou experiences.
Thank you for the music. But your movies kinda drab.
Meryl Streep singing ABBA might seem like the height of absurdity--like Pavarotti doing REO Speedwagon—but as the queen of accents and the foremost screen interpreter of international culture, she did play a Danish lady in Out of Africa, so why not sing something a little Swedish? At last night's ... More >>
Time to burn that rink to the ground
Heavy metal melodramatics from the land of ice and snow
Show Me Round Your Snow-Peaked Mountains Way Down South
Five-Girl Armies and Finnish Martians Fall Through the Cracks
A Hard Rain Starts to Fall
No Place Like Utopia
A Continent's Best Bad Music Battles It Out at Eurovision
''At Kurfew, the revelers sloppy-kiss as if their only romantic experience was from watching Freddie Prinze Jr. movies.''